Ukraine - Cold wave OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2000/0226
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Ukraine – Cold wave
14 December 2000

1. Further to a cold wave, which hit the territory of Ukraine at the beginning of December 2000, the Minister of Ukraine for Emergencies, Mr. Dourdynets, has requested OCHA’s support in disseminating the list of priority requirements set by National Authorities to restore power supply in the affected region.

2. Prior to the cold wave, a severe ice storm had already ravaged the northwestern part of Ukraine on 27 November 2000.

General Situation

3. Twelve Oblasts of the northwestern part of Ukraine have been affected: Vinnitcka, Odeska, Khmelnitcka, Mykolaivska, Kirovogradska, Cherkaska, Chernivetska, Ternopil’ska, Kyivska, Rivenska, Ghitomirska, Khersonska (the first in the list has been the worst affected).

4. The initial cost assessment of the damage made by the Government amounts to UAH 655 million (approximately USD 120 million).

5. According to information received from the Ministry of Ukraine for Emergencies, the power supply situation in the stricken areas, as of 12 December 2000, is as follows:

Settlements without power supply:
4 977
2 957
2 020
Damaged power transmission lines:
20 931
15 279
5 672
Villages telephone offices without power supply:
2 029
1 076

6. The following facilities were still without power supply, as of 12 December 2000:

  • 3 hospitals
  • 8 water scoops
  • 10 bread production facilities
  • 300 boiler houses

7. While a large number of experts have been deployed, by 12 December 2000, to provide advice/assistance and the required parts/equipment at the provincial level, the following requirements by the Government of Ukraine are still outstanding:
Effective Date
Mobile diesel power generators 100-150kW
100 pieces
Twin-core aluminium cable with profile 16-25 mm2.
100 MT
Polyethylene covered four-core aluminium cable:

Profile 16 mm2 per core
Profile 25 mm2 per core
Profile 35 mm2 per core
50 MT
overall: split:
15 MT
Power transmission poles (towers);
Min. length: 26 m
Min. diameter of lower part: 650 mm
Min. diameter of highest part: 410 mm
Min. bending moment: 50kN/m
200 pieces
Insulated wire with profile 35 mm2
50 MT

Point of entry: Chop, Uzhgorod, Motys’ka

Points of delivery: Mikolaiv, Kirivograd

The contact point for the delivery of assistance in Ukraine is the following:

Interagency Emergency Centre
The Ministry of Ukraine of Emergencies
Telephone: +380 44 247 3015
Fax: +380 44 247 3233
Operating hours: 24/24

Bilateral response

8. The following assistance has been or will be offered by the Russian Federation:

  • Medicaments: 520 kg
  • Dry rations: 2000 pieces
  • Tents: 10 sets
  • Winter clothes (jackets and trousers): 500 sets
  • Tool kits for electricians: 300 sets.

International response

9. The IFRC has released CHF 32,000 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to begin the delivery assistance, but does not intend to launch any international appeal at this time.

10. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated below, of bilateral relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding values by item.

11. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

Telephone: +41-22-917 12 34
Fax: +41-22-917 00 23

In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10

Desk Officer: Mr. Sergio Piazzi, Direct Tel. +41-22-917 1394

Press contact:
(in GVA) - Mr. Donato Kiniger-Passigli, direct Tel. +41-22-917 26 53
(in N.Y.) - Ms. Phyllis Lee, direct Tel. +1-212-963 48 32

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